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Monica Moran: Lifting the curtain on domestic violence

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

RUSSELL — People blame Jamal Palmer Rice for staying with Ray Rice. They wonder how someone as likable as the former Baltimore Ravens player could punch his fiancé in the face. They are astonished that Jared Remy, son of broadcaster Jerry Remy, could physically assault five girlfriends over 17 years with so little consequence from our legal system, until he killed Jennifer Martel. Normally, we use October — domestic violence …

Jonathan Edwards: Why life left the bottle bill behind

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

WHATELY — When Massachusetts passed its original bottle bill in 1982 it was one of a small number of environmentally progressive states that wanted to put an end to beer and soda bottles and cans littering our roads, neighborhoods and amazing vistas that range from coastline in the east to western Massachusetts’ mountains and valleys. To say that the bottle bill in Massachusetts …

Ryan O’Donnell: End all barriers to voter registration

Sunday, October 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The deadline to register to vote has passed for this election, and everyone should be thankful to the activists across the Commonwealth who sought out new voters as well as our local election officials who work so hard to maintain our voter rolls. But given the challenges we face in Massachusetts today, the time may have come to take a closer …

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Amherst Select Board candidates debate The Retreat student housing project

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Civil lawsuit opens with testimony by opponents of Northampton Business Improvement District

Clare Higgins: 'There's no prohibition against soaking people with low incomes' Why the Massachusetts casino law needs to be repealed

Monday, September 29, 2014

I’ve been known to buy a lottery ticket or two (or three…). When I was an underpaid early childhood educator, I would sometimes buy a scratch ticket. Only the $1 tickets and probably not more than once or …

Wikipedia grows up on campuses

Friday, September 26, 2014

A trusted bromide in academia is that you become a better student when you become a teacher. Something like that is happening at Wikipedia. The Internet encyclopedia has grown explosively since its creation in 2001, but it quickly earned a reputation as a Petri dish for misinformation. That’s …

Michael Carolan: A profound silence at the People’s Climate March

Thursday, September 25, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — My daughter was going to attend the People’s Climate March in New York City with my friend and me. Until she decided she had too much homework. While I understood, I thought she was a perfect …

Don Robinson: Our Constitution — and a president’s war against ISIS

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

ASHFIELD — Among reasons for President Obama’s declining approval numbers, his abuse of the Constitution’s war powers does not loom large. But as we head back into war in Iraq and environs, it behooves us to pay attention …

Bruce Watson: Here comes Ol’ Man Winter

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

LEVERETT — Another winter looms. Or perhaps winter no longer looms — it lurks, it swears, it stands just up the road waving its middle finger. In the wake of last year’s record-crappy winter, which iced major organs and saw thousands hospitalized with frostbitten despair, many are wondering: …

John Montanari: The lot of the non-liberal in Valley

Monday, September 22, 2014

SHUTESBURY — It isn’t easy being a non-liberal in the Pioneer Valley. I know, world’s smallest violin and all. Hey, if I really didn’t like it, you might say, I could move to Texas or someplace. Never. The Valley is my home, and here I will stay. Still, …

Marietta Pritchard: More than meets eye, sometimes, in a classified ad

Friday, September 19, 2014

AMHERST — It’s an old habit from working at a newspaper, looking at the classified ads in search of a possible story. The suggestion came early in my career from a much more experienced editor, who knew that within the cryptic prose of an ad there was often …

Jonathan Kahane: A walker’s lessons along the Northampton bike path

Friday, September 19, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Much to my wonderment and occasional dismay, I have become a “regular walker” on the bike path in Easthampton as part of my daily exercise regimen. I surely have seen every possible form of human-propelled non-motorized …

Charles Bowles & Peter Whalen: Northampton BID struggles to fend off unproductive legal challenge

Thursday, September 18, 2014

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following guest column concerning the Northampton Business Improvement District was written by Charles Bowles and Peter Whalen — the group’s chairman and treasurer — and other members of the board of directors. NORTHAMPTON — Imagine a Northampton without Sidewalk Sales. Without Restaurant Week. Without sidewalks …

Will this become Scotland’s independence day?

Thursday, September 18, 2014

EDITOR’S NOTE: James Pentland, a native Scot and the Gazette’s night editor, offers thoughts on Scotland’s independence vote, to be taken Thursday. Today, in deciding whether to break up the United Kingdom and become an independent nation, voters in Scotland face the most momentous choice in the 307-year …